Work and the Global Economy

A Graduate Area Specialization in NC State‚Äôs Sociology Program

The Work and the Global Economy specialization offers an understanding of social processes embedded in production, consumption, and distribution of goods, services, and economic rewards. Faculty in the area study social relations and behavior in workplaces and markets, their relationship to inequality across class, gender, race/ethnicity and space, and the interplay between these processes and the broader global economic, political, and cultural context. 

  • Work and Industry (SOC 752): examines the historical evolution of worker control techniques, their influence on individuals' psychological well-being, and the nature and impact of worker resistance. Special emphasis is placed on class, gender, race and global disparities.
  • Global Institutions and Markets (SOC 791): examines the dynamics of the global production processes, focusing in particular how they shape and are shaped by globalization, neoliberalism, and other important aspects of their organizational, political, cultural, and natural environments. 
  • Economic Sociology (SOC 754): explores how economic actors, institutions, and processes are embedded in social networks and operate in distinct global, historical, and cultural contexts. The class focuses on how this embeddedness ultimately structures power and inequality in markets.


Faculty

Assistant Professor
Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, 2008
362 1911 Bldg, (919) 515-0452, email: skbowen@ncsu.edu
Faculty Webpage (Vita, short Bio, etc.)

Current research interests: Sociology of Food; Globalization/International Political Economy; Sociology of Community; Environmental Sociology; Research Methods

Associate Professor
Ph.D. from The Ohio State University, 2006
325 1911 Bldg, (919) 515-9022, email: martha_crowley@ncsu.edu
Faculty Webpage (Vita, short Bio, etc.)

Current research interests: Social Stratification and Mobility; Work and Organizations; Education; Social Demography, Spatial Inequality

Assistant Professor
Ph.D. from Northwestern University, 2010
326 1911 Bldg, (919) 515-0446, email: madesouc@ncsu.edu
Faculty Webpage (Vita, short Bio, etc.)

Current research interests: Culture; Markets and Politics; Organization Theory; Social Movements; Globalization/Localization; Food; Consumers and Consumption; Sustainability; Law & Society; Qualitative Methodologies

Assistant Professor
Ph.D. from Tilburg University, 2010
321 1911 Bldg, (919) 515-9004, email: amanzon@ncsu.edu  
Faculty Webpage (Vita, short Bio, etc.)

Current research interests: Life Course; Research Methods; Family Sociology; Transition to Adulthood; Sociology of Work and Occupations; Social Stratification


Associate Professor
Ph.D. from Florida State University, 2004
343 1911 Bldg, (919) 515-9028, email: steve_mcdonald@ncsu.edu
Faculty Webpage (Vita, short Bio, etc.)

Current research interests: Social Stratification and Mobility; Social Networks; Work & Labor Markets; Life Course